tv CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley CBS March 1, 2012 7:00pm-7:30pm EST
twisters ripped through missouri, tennessee, illinois, and kansas yesterday, killing 13 people and leaving the picturese that summed it all up for us today, picturees of relief that a grbs of spared in harrisburg, illinois. realization that most everything you've worked for is gone. and reflection on how much life can change in an instant. dean reynolds is in bridgeway, illinois, tonight. dean. >> reporter: scott, it's taken us a couple of days of driving around and surveying the damage to get a real sense of the power of this tornado and how it chewed up just about everything it touched. bit by bit, piece by piece, they tried to bring some order out of the chaotic landscape. donald davis sifted the debris in what was left of his harrisburg home. >so the roof just david in, huh? >> no, the house exploded. >> reporter: just exploded? >> part of the house here and parts of the house in my
basement, parts of the house here and parts of my house right back over here two blocks. it exploded yes, sir. big time. >> reporter: what are you going to do? >> you start all over and thank the good lord that you're still here, that's what you do. >> reporter: many of the structures we saw in the path of the twister are unrecognizable now, and they were not all trailers or flimsy prefabs. this is the 120-year-old st. joseph catholic church in ridgeway before the storm, and this is how it looks today-- bricks from top to bottom, they now lie in a pile at the feet of pastor father beatty. when you look around here what, do you think? >> well, a lot of things. i think about how long this church has been here. a lot of people here have been parishioners for 70, 80 years or more. been baptized here, married here, buried their parents here. all those brides that saw that aisle and couldn't wait to walk down it.
>> reporter: father beatty has been at st. joseph for a year and a half ministering to 200 families. what are they saying to you? >> they're in mourning. losing a building isn't like losing a person, obviously, but it is a loss. those people walking around are still the parish and nothing is knocking them over. i look at devastation of this magnitude with no loss of life, and it's hard for me to feel anything but lucky. >> reporter: now, st. joseph has insurance, scott, and that will help, and, of course, father beatty is undeniably optimistic. as he put it, "we'll rebuild. we'll get through it, and the people here know that." >> pelley: dean, thank you very much. the people in branson, missouri know that they were luckier. no one was killed there. officials in branson tell us today that they'll be open for tourist season a little bit later this month. a few music venues and hotels were seriously damaged when the tornado hit, but the folks there
got more warning than usual because of a new kind of radar, and we asked mark strassmann to show it to us. >> reporter: at 12:58 yesterday morning, forecasters issued a tornado warning for branson, missouri. people there had 25 minutes to take cover, double the national average. that's because local forecasters used a new technology that identified the tornado. it's called dual polarization radar, or dial-poll, the most significant upgrade to tornado tracking in 20 years. jack hayes is the director of the national weather system. >> when a tornado forms, with the radar we have today it's like a one-dimensional view of that storm. we're going to get a two-dimensional view that will allow to us detect the difference between heavy rainfall that occurs in storms all the time and debris that a tornado can kick up. why does that make a difference? you can't see a tornado at night. >> reporter: here's the image of the branson tornado taken by older, one-dimensional radar. that orange box indicated a
possible tornado. the new dual-poll radar was sensitive enough to spot flying debris. that's what the blue boxes represent, proof the twister was on the ground. >> this is the rotation. this is the area of the tornado. >> reporter: meteorologist roth workst gnarl whrf station. he said the biggest advantage is detail. >> we believe the particles are pine straw, grass, leaves, these kinds of things. >> reporter: another new potential lifesaver is an update to the country's weather alert system. the cell phone providers have agreed to send automatic text message alerts like this to everyone in a storm zone by the end of the year. 44 of the new radars are up and running in parts of the country prone to tornadoes. scott, the national weather system plans to install 160 of them by the end of this year. >> pelley: thanks, mark. those systems can't be installed soon enough if 2012 is anything like last year. 550 people were killed by
tornadoes in 2011, and that is a lot more than we're used to. over the past 10 years, there were, on average, only 56 tornado deaths a year. the teenaged suspect in that hool shooting in chardon, ohio, on monday, was charged today with three counts of murder. we asked michelle miller to find out what she could about the suspect t.j. lane. michelle starts tonight with a march that the hool students held this morning. >> they all meant a lot to us. >> reporter: nichole weaver, a junior, walked with hundreds of other students back to chardon hool. >> it's just really hard to figure out the-- how i should feel about all this when they were all my friends. >> reporter: weaver was friends with the three students who were killed. she was also once friends with the 17-year-old alleged gunman t.j. lane. they call him an outsider, an outcast. >> he wasn't always like that. i remember in middle school he had a lot friends. >> reporter: when did you
start to see the separation? >> since freshman year, you know. i would go into the cafeteria, he'd be sitting there, you know, by himself and everything. and general i feel like i failed as a friend because i should have, you know, at least gone up to him and said, like, ," how is your day? how are you doing?" and everything. >> reporter: ohio court and police records reveal laen's hope life was deeply troubled his farther was arrest forward assault and servetime in prison. the boy's mother, sarah nolan, at times did not live with her children. >>ry never saw them playing, never saw them behaving like children. >> reporter: timothy fogarty lives across the street and owns the house t.j. shared with his father, brother, and sister. the house has been empty since they moved away about five years ago. the bedroom doors are padlocked on the outside. >> the house had been turned into something that looked like a jail cell. >> reporter: t.j. lane's grandparents gained cuft of the boy. neighbors say his grandparents
did their best but in the past two years, deputies were often called to the home to deal with problems caused by his older brother's drug use. in 2009, t.j. lane was charged with assault for allegedly punching and choking his uncle during a fight. a judge ordered community service. scott, prosecutors have said publicly that t.j. lane chose his targets at random. but investigators tell cbs news that he knew his alleged victims well and that one of the key factors that may have led to the shooting was that lane's girlfriend had broken up with him the week before and started dating one of the boys he allegedly killed. >> pelley: michelle, thank you. we do know that this tragedy could have been a lot worse if it wasn't for frank hall. he's the assistant football coach who chased the gunman out of the school. today, hall talked publicly about the shooting for the first time. >> i don't know why this happened. i only wish i could have done
more. i'm not a hero. just a football coach and a study hall teacher. i'm here to tell that you tomorrow our schools will be open. >> pelley: the only victim still in the hospital is 17-year-old nick walzzaconclude. he was wounded in the arm, the neck and the back. today his mother said nick still can't feel his legs but his doctors are optimistic about his recovery. there has been growing concern that israel may send warplanes to knock out iran's nuclear facilities and possibly involve the u.s. in a new battle. there's an important meeting coming next week between president obama and israel's prime minister. norah o'donnell has been talking to her sources at the white house, and she joins us there tonight. norah. >> reporter: scott, israeli prime minister net vahue is pressing president obama to make an explicit threat of military action against iran if the sanctions fail.
but sources tell cbs news that the israelis are not likely to receive such a public assurance. netten vahue is going to raise the issue in an oval office meeting on monday. there has been some very intense diplomacy. u.s. military officials are concerned that israel is planning an attack on iran, and the israelis are furious about comments made last week by the chairman of the joint cheestles of staff, general martin dempsey. he said it would be premature for israel to attack iran, but, scott, sources i've spoken with say general dempsey was just reflecting obama administration policy. >> pelley: norah, thank you. moving on to syria, now. the freedom movement there has suffered a serious defeat in its battle to end the dictatorship of bashar al-assad. a rebel stronghold has fallen in the city of homs. the baba amr neighborhood the was occupied today by syrian army forces. homs, a city of 1.5 million
people, has been under artillery fire for nearly a month. thousands have been killed in syria as rebels have battled to end the assad regime's 41-year rule. the u.n. accuses assad of crimes against humanities. assad seems intent on crushing the nearly-year-old rebellion. clarissa ward was one of the few western journalists to get into syria to report on what's happening there. she's joining us in beirut tonight. clarissa, you've been talking today to the people you met inside syria. what are they telling but the situation there? >> reporter: well, we've spoken to some activists on the ground in the city of homs. they tell us regime forces have now entered that area of baba amr, one of the hardest hit during the last three and a half week bombardment. they say regime forces are now going door to door, that they are arresting any males in the houses over the age of 12.
one activist also told us that 16 men were killed today as they tried to flee the baba amr area. but, of course, we have no way of independently confirming this information. >> pelley: so how significant is the fall of baba amr today? >> reporter: this is a huge moral blow for the revolution. baba amr and the city of homs really the beating heart of the revolution, and assad's forces now trumping this as a military and moral victory and saying that they have cleansed the city and that it is now a safe territory. >> pelley: the treatment movement outmanned, outgunned and now in retreat. clarissa, thank you very much. two american soldiers were killed today at a base in twuthern afghanistan, shot by two afghans. one of thesms a soldier that the americans were helping to train. at least four americans have been killed by their afghan colleagues in a wave of violence that began last week after islamic holy books were burned at a u.s. base.
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we're walking at about the speed this thing is moving. >> that's correct. >> mark albrecht has been plabbing this move for eight months. people say that's a bolder. that's a piece of art. you look at that and what do you see? >> a challenge. >> reporter: terry emmert, the owner of the huge truck calls the logistics performance art. >> the utility lines that have to be taken down is just enormous. just on the grounds for the operation is over 60 people. >> reporter: it usually takes about 45 minutes to drive from here to los angeles but something this big can't just jump on the freeway, so it's taking a more circuitous route, one that will take 11 days. to avoid overpasses and weak bridges, it's traveling 105 through four counties and 22 cities. the artist, michael heizer, shies away from the public, but his art is bold. michael govan, director of the los angeles county museum of art, says the bolder will sit atop this v-shaped trench so
visitors can walk beneath heizer's creation. >> what he really loves to do is make things a great scale that have a powerful feeling to them, and this is one of those things. >> reporter: it's costing the museum $10 million, a price it's willing to pay for l.a.'s newest and biggest rock star. bill whitaker, cbs news, los angeles. >> pelley: the beauty of the bolder is in the eye of the beholder. and that is the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh access.wgbh.org
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